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Weymouth’s Masciarelli Wine Company a Global Powerhouse

Joseph Spagnuolo, Roberta Masciarelli-Spagnuolo and matriarch Annamaria Masciarelli

Joseph Spagnuolo, Roberta Masciarelli-Spagnuolo and matriarch Annamaria Masciarelli

I recently had the pleasure of receiving an invitation and meeting the President and CEO of Masciarelli Wine Company, Roberta Masciarelli-Spagnuolo, and her husband, Joseph, at their grand portfolio tasting at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

It was a wonderful presentation of all their wines, but of course I was there to explore their Italian portfolio and to experience what the many wineries of Italy had to offer. They had some great obscure grapes from Puglia, Sardegna and Sicily that I featured on my blog, Vino Travels, along with some of the most highly respected wines in Italy, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico.

The Masciarelli Wine Company is a well-known importer in not only Massachusetts and the Boston area, but the rest of the country as well. The company distributes to 27 states and 31 wholesalers throughout the United States.

Founded in 1987 by Nicola Masciarelli, the company has a large presence of Italian wines in their portfolio covering seventeen of the twenty regions within Italy. Besides Italian wine, it also has a strong presence of French wine and it ranks among the top wholesalers of Bordeaux futures in Massachusetts. Other wines are imported from Spain, Luxembourg, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, Uruguay and Argentina. All in all, Masciarelli carries over 1,000 different labels.

Gianni Masciarelli in the vineyard

Gianni Masciarelli in the vineyard

Roberta and the Masciarelli family have been able to expand the company and carry on the legacy of what Nicola, Roberta’s father, started years ago. Their philosophy is to “deal directly with the winery whenever possible and seek out small estates producing high-quality wines that would be overlooked in larger brand-driven portfolios.”

Masciarelli is also a well recognized name in Italy’s central region of Abruzzo, where the family wineries are located. A variety of grapes are produced there, but the prominent grapes of this region are Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. It all started here in 1978, when the Masciarelli winery was established by Gianni Masciarelli, who had been influenced by the love of winemaking from his grandfather Giovanni Masciarelli. Three years later, the winery started producing its own wines.

There are four brands that fall under the Masciarelli brand of wines: Marina Cvetic, Masicarelli Classico, Iskra and Villa Gemma. The vineyards are spread throughout four provinces within Abruzzo: The main site in Chieti (San Martino sulla Marrucina), Teramo, Pescara and L’Aquila. Today, their annual production equals over two million bottles.

Marina Cvetic (far left) with her children and their manager

Marina Cvetic (far left) with her children and their manager

I’ll leave you with Gianni Masciarelli’s thoughts on the Abruzzo region and his love of wine. It’s a wonderful remembrance of his passion and what makes the family’s wines special.

“However much I love Abruzzo as a whole, this is the place I would like to live if I were vines. A place rich in historical memories and tradition. This is where our vineyards have always stood and the fruits we receive are the authentic expression of this culture. I think everyone has wondered at least once ‘Why ever did I do this?’ I find the answer in the love I have for the land and in the satisfaction my work gives me.”

About Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is a Boston-based Italian wine blogger. Her love of wine first started years ago when she studied abroad in college in Florence, Italy. She's traveled to Italy a multitude of times now and her love and passion for Italy not only comes from her experience of living there, but also due to her Italian heritage. Jennifer now runs her own company and website, Vino Travels, specializing in wine travels to Italy.

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  1. Masciarelli’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo my favorite wine from Abruzzi. – Daniele Matteo, Food and Wine Editor, #DrGraybeard